In order to protect the public, the General Assembly of Kentucky mandates that the practice of nursing be regulated and controlled according to the Kentucky Nursing Laws and regulations of the Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN). The purpose of KBN is to assure that safe and effective nursing care is provided for the citizens of Kentucky. If a violation of the Kentucky Nursing Laws is alleged, the matter is referred to KBN for investigation and resolution.
The Investigation Branch investigates complaints submitted to KBN. The role of the Investigation Branch is to gather the facts in the complaint from the nurse and the complainant to determine if there has been a violation of the Kentucky Nursing Laws and, if so, to seek resolution of the complaint.
The Compliance Branch monitors nurses through the Kentucky Alternative Recovery Effort (KARE) for Nurses Program, as well as nurses disciplined by KBN whose license has been placed on a limited/probated status. Monitoring nurses through regulation helps to ensure public health and protection.